Military Police

SPRING 2014

Military Police contains information about military police functions in maneuver and mobility support, area security, law and order, internment/resettlement, and police intelligence operations.

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MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 34 F rom its beginning 125 years ago, the American Correctional Association (ACA) has played a vital role in ensuring that standards are upheld throughout the world of corrections. One of the ways the ACA does this is by offering a corrections certifcation program (CCP), which is available to military personnel. According to the ACA Web site, "The [CCP] is a self-study program followed by a 4-hour proctored exam. It provides individuals with a national method to become certifed corrections professionals and recognizes the high-level capabilities and accomplishments they have demonstrated in the feld of corrections." 1 Accreditation is available to military or civilian corrections offcers and managers who work in the corrections environment. Several levels of certifcation are offered: 2 y Certifed corrections offcer (CCO). These offcers work directly with offenders. y Certifed corrections supervisor. These mid-management level supervisors work with staffs and offenders in a corrections setting. y Certifed corrections manager. These managers manage major units or programs within a corrections setting. They may contribute to the development of policies and procedures, they are responsible for the implementation of those policies and procedures, and they have authority over supervisory personnel. y Certif ied corrections executive. These individuals have reached the highest executive level and oversee the development of policies and procedures in agencies that deal with adult offenders. Certifcation Process S everal Soldiers (myself included) from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Joint Regional Correction Facility, 705th Military Police Battalion (Internment/ Resettlement), 15th Military Police Brigade, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, have pursued ACA certifcation. To date, 11 of us— ranging from private to captain—have completed the program and received certifcation at our respective levels. The By Private First Class Shane T. Powers certifcation process begins when Soldiers who have a desire to become certifed visit the ACA Web site and download the necessary paperwork. A supervisor validates that the applicant currently works in a position that qualifes for the desired level of certifcation. For example, a corrections offcer with 2 years of experience conducting daily duties in a housing unit would not be eligible to apply to become a certifed corrections executive. When all paperwork is complete and the application fees are paid, the Soldier travels to one of the testing locations on a designated date. There, the applicant takes the 4-hour proctored examination. The results are later mailed to the applicant. When an applicant receives a favorable result and a congratulatory letter, he or she has the option to have leadership informed and to have the information released to the press. Leadership and Motivation T he motivation for me to achieve certifcation was that I wanted to set myself apart from my peers. I was fortunate enough to have leaders who saw my potential and motivated me to pursue my goal of becoming a CCO. Great leadership is important in any aspect of life—but especially when it comes to career advancement. Leaders are there to coach and mentor their Soldiers. I recommend that all Soldiers, regardless of rank, reach out and fnd a mentor who will guide them in the right direction—not only in their military lives, but also in their personal lives. From my perspective as a junior Soldier with less than a year in the Army, it is imperative that leadership is fully engaged in this entire process. I admit that there were times when certifcation seemed unachievable to me, but that's when my leaders stepped in and kept me going. Preparation for Certifcation A pplicants for corrections certifcation must set aside plenty of time for studying before taking the examination. Soldiers may obtain study materials from their local ACA points of contact—or, for a small fee, they may obtain study materials through the ACA Web site. The study materials consist of textbooks and a practice test that coincide with the level of certifcation desired. Powers.1.indd 36 3/21/2014 1:03:42 PM

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